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Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

School is out and summer is here, so let the fun begin! I grew up in the time period when most moms did not work outside the home and we spent summers with them at home, but it was not a lazy summer. My grandfather had a big farm, so there was a lot to do when the crops came in. We worked, shelling beans and peas, shucking corn, and picking all kinds of berries and fruits for jams and jellies, but as I look back, those were some of the happiest times of my life.

We spent time together talking, sharing laughter, and hearing stories from times past. We had cousins who came to spend the summer to help work the garden, and we so looked forward to their visits. Yes, we did work, but we also had fun times swimming in the creek, staying outside after dark catching fireflies, and just enjoying the company of family and friends.

As I’ve shared before, I come from a family of great cooks. My grandmothers and mother and I spent a lot of time in the kitchen. My mother was very creative (without Pinterest) and this showed up in the kitchen with our meals and snacks.

I still make a lot of these recipes. One of my favorite things to make is cupcakes, and I am always looking for new cupcake recipes and fun ways to decorate them. I often go back to some of the old favorites, and I have one to share with you. Ice cream cone cupcakes are fun to make, decorate, and eat.

Today we’ll do a vanilla cake with white icing, and I’ve decorated some for the July 4th holiday using red, white and blue candy. I’ve decorated them to look like balloons, using a tube of colored gel to make the string.

For the second ones, I just used colored sprinkles. Let your creative juices flow, gather your children and your ingredients and have fun in the kitchen. Make memories (like mine) that will last a lifetime. Remember to always celebrate the family table!

ICE CREAM CONE CUPCAKES

18-24 flat bottomed ice cream cones

Your favorite cake recipe (homemade or cake mix)

Your favorite frosting (homemade or canned)

Decorations (candy, sprinkles, chocolate chips, nuts, etc.)

Plenty of people to help decorate and EAT!

Place the ice cream cones in a muffin tin and fill them half full with cake batter. Bake for 15-18 minutes at about 325-350 degrees. The cake will rise to the top of the cone as it bakes. Stick a knife in the middle of the batter to make sure it’s cooked through. Cool completely, frost, and decorate.

By: Debbie Greenhill

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